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Book Review – The Tea Chest

The Tea Chest
by Heidi Chiavaroli
Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancée, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her—as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

My Thoughts
What an amazing story.
Two time lines, two fascinating women.

When I think of this book and what I liked most about it, I hardly know where to start. I like having time to think things over, to give an accurate review, one that captures, to the best of my ability, all the emotions the author invoked in me as I read.
Heidi Chiavaroli is quickly becoming a favorite historical author.
This book beautifully portrays two time periods. Hayley is the character in the present day time. She receives an old tea chest as a gift, and discovers a very old paper hidden in it. As she begins to search it out, things begin to be revealed that link her to the past.
Emma is the main character from the past. She had to choose where her loyalties lay during the days of the American Revolution. Her father was a staunch loyalist, and as such, she was also expected to be. Even to the extent that her marriage had been prearranged.
But she was very good friends with the Fultons, who were on the side of liberty.
As Emma is forced to choose her path, and then it seems as though her choice is taken away…for awhile, I just didn’t know what to expect, or what destination she would arrive at.

Hayley’s story is equally intriguing. She has been training to be the first woman SEAL in the US. She’s determined to prove that she can do this. But in the meantime, this has caused her to sacrifice almost everything else in life. Then she also reaches a crossroads and must choose.

This book is a beautiful illustration of two lives. Two journeys. Difficult decisions. Family. Loyalty or liberty.

I love how that ancient tea chest is brought into both stories. How it ties the characters together.
I found this story to be so very rich. With history. With relationships. And much, much more.
For lovers of historical fiction, I highly recommend this book!
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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